Coast Guardsman Dives Into A Louisiana River To Save His Dog From An Alligator

St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, is home to the largest reptile in North America: the American Alligator. Females can grow to around nine feet long, and males can reach 13 feet in length and weigh almost 1,000 pounds. Imagine a 60-pound dog going up against one of those. You probably wouldn’t expect it to end well for the dog. Yet one 10-month-old black Lab named River defied those odds, surviving a terrifying attack. The Attack And Quick Response In July of … Read more

Rescuer Finds Tiny Pup Using A Shoe As Shelter & Completely Transforms Her Life

On average, a dog who lives on the street won’t make it past 2-5 years old. They lack access to the proper nutrition and essential medical care that keeps family pets healthy. Also, unsanitary conditions can increase the risks of injury or infection. That’s why one man in Serbia dedicates his life to helping the street animals in his neighborhood. Goran Marinkovic brings food with him as he walks around Kraljevo so he can feed the many stray animals in … Read more

How iHeartDogs Customers Helped This Surrendered Puppy Start Fresh

iHeartDogs works closely with Greater Good Charities by donating part of each sale to their various charity efforts. One of these programs, Rescue Bank, works to donate quality dog food to shelters and animal rescues in need. Some organizations could not run without kind donations like this, so by supporting us you’re making happy endings like the ones below possible! As a puppy, Harley often spent about 20 hours a day in her crate. Her family didn’t realize the amount of time and … Read more

Shelter Includes Emotional Poem With Rescue Dog’s Adoption Paperwork

One major reason rescued dogs get returned to shelters is that their new family can’t understand their anxious or fearful behaviors. Dogs surrendered to shelters often experience anxiety after being brought into a hectic new environment, and many more have been traumatized or mistreated prior to arriving. When Hope Ervin rescued a Shiba Inu from Paws Jackson, an animal shelter in Jacksonville, Illinois, she sensed that the dog may have emotional issues related to her time in a puppy mill. … Read more

YouTube Adventurer Raises Funds To Save His Beloved Travel ‘Pawtner’ From Cancer

Brian Galyon, who operates the YouTube channel Off-Grid Backcountry Adventures, has spent six years traveling the American Southwest in a 4 x 4 truck. Beside him all that time was his best friend and “furry adventure partner,” a dog named Sierra. Galyon rescued a nervous, malnourished Sierra from a shelter in early 2015 while living in the Denver, Colorado area. Early on, Galyon learned that he and Sierra have something big in common: they both love exploring the outdoors. Galyon … Read more

Meet Basil, A Two-Legged Foster Fail From The Wuhan Streets

Caring for a special needs dog can no doubt be challenging. Still, the rewards of teaching a differently-abled dog that he matters and showing him the full life he deserves are absolutely worth all the efforts. One little two-legged dog from China proved that to his foster turned adopter. A group from Furry Angels Haven Wuhan found Basil on the street in early 2020. He had sustained so much damage to his back legs, veterinarians had to amputate everything below … Read more

U.S. Rescue Helps Kabul Heroes Save Dogs From Chaotic Afghanistan Streets

The situation in Afghanistan is nothing short of chaotic as the Taliban take over the country. As borders to surrounding countries close and flights out of the country become harder to come by, some dedicated animal rescuers in Kabul have been risking everything to save the pets in their care. When the Taliban entered their neighborhood, Kabul Small Animal Rescue worried about the stability of their shelter and the safety of their animals. It would take a lot of coordination … Read more

Share The Joy Of Seeing A Little Boy Walk His Dog For The First Time

Remember your first childhood dog? Does just the thought bring a smile to your face? Then it might also make you grin to think about how young animal lovers react to their first pets. You know, that giddy, gleeful expression on the face of a child who’s ready to be both a caretaker and a best friend. Now, to turn that mental picture into something real: A delightful video on YouTube encompasses this youthful glee, featuring an excited toddler and … Read more

Labradors Deemed The “Naughtiest Breed” In New Study

When you love a dog, you learn to live with the fact that they have no respect for your belongings. Whether they’re chewing on phone chargers or urinating on expensive rugs, a dog can be surprisingly adept at destruction. Recently, Money.co.uk gathered over 20,000 owner opinions for a study determining which breeds exhibit the naughtiest behaviors. Here are some of the most interesting findings from that report. Impressive Naughty Stats For The Labrador For this study, Money looked for specific … Read more

Pup Gets “Jealous” Whenever Mom Tries To Kiss Dad

Love and loyalty are two of the best traits dogs possess. Sometimes though, these traits emerge in the form of what can only be described as doggie “jealousy.” At least that’s what I called it when my childhood dog jumped up on the couch and forced himself between my high school boyfriend and me. Tik Tok, the video-based social app, offered other dog people the opportunity to share their stories with the #JealousDogChallenge. One user, Ashleigh Sparkles, aka Ashleigh Wedd, … Read more

Dog Rescued After Being Left In A Hot Car For 5 Hours At Disney World

Never leave your dog unattended in a closed car. To me, this seems like it should be common sense. Yet all the time, especially in summer, we hear reports of owners who leave their dogs behind in a vehicle while they’re off doing errands or even socializing. One particularly egregious example of this neglect comes out of the “most magical place on earth.” At around 5 pm on Monday August 9, 2021, Jerry Dana French heard a dog bark in … Read more

Professional Violinist Creates Beautiful Tik Tok Duet With Howling Dog

For me, the best part of using the Tik Tok app is access to videos of animals everywhere. From dogs and cats to wildlife sanctuary residents to farm animals, these types of videos are, I think, the best of what this app has to offer. If you’re not on the app, a video of a Border Collie named Nicolas lying on a window sill and howling has been viral for a while now. Tik Tok user @juliaszypulska02 uploaded the video … Read more

Rescue Dog Named For The Deputy Warden Stabbed While Saving Him

Mahoning County, Ohio deputy dog warden Dave Nelson was only trying to help a mistreated dog when he answered a call on July 20, 2021. A man had the dog on a chain and was dragging him down the street. Not long after Nelson arrived on the scene, that man attacked him with a knife. Nelson was taken to Mercy Health for treatment, while the Youngstown Police Department took the culprit into custody. Animal Charity coordinator Jane MacMurchy told WKBN … Read more

Owner Yells At Woman Who Broke Into Her Hot Car To Save Dog

In 80 degree heat, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 110 degrees in just over 20 minutes. Without water, a dog can suffer heatstroke in that amount of time, which can ultimately be deadly. After a dog spent close to an hour in the back of a parked car in Massachusetts, a witness decided it was time to intervene. Jennifer Williams-Frangie broke into the car so she could air it out and give the dog inside some water. … Read more

Neighbors And Firefighters Rush To Rescue Veteran’s Service Dog Hit By Car

Keith Gilbert, an 81-year-old disabled veteran, was loading his dogs into his car when his new service dog Rivka, aka “Mouse,” got spooked and ran into the road. The German Shepherd was then struck by a car going about 40 mph in a residential zone. Seeing your dog get hit by a car is a truly horrifying experience. Gilbert and his daughter Denise also worried Mouse might have a broken back due to the position she was lying in after … Read more

Your Support Allowed All Of These Cuties To Be Saved

iHeartDogs works closely with Greater Good Charities by donating part of each sale to their various charity efforts. One of these programs, Rescue Bank, works to donate quality dog food to shelters and animal rescues in need. Some organizations could not run without kind donations like this, so by supporting us you’re making happy endings like the ones below possible! When they were first found, Scout, Posh, and Ryder were feral puppies infected with parvovirus. In this fragile state, they desperately … Read more

Springer Spaniel Helps Push Car Down Flooded Street

Glasgow, Scotland experienced terrible thunderstorms this August, resulting in floodwaters several feet high. On Sunday August 15th, 2021, two women found themselves trapped in their car on Harland Street, which had flooded. A kind bystander, Lori Gillies, waded through the floodwaters to help. The whole way, her Springer Spaniel Puck swam right behind her to the car. What followed was an awesome and somehow adorable dog/person team rescue. Teamwork Makes The Rescue Work Prior to helping two people in trouble, … Read more

Scared, Abandoned Pittie Wouldn’t Leave The Cardboard Box He Was Found In

Usually, it’s an adorable photo op when our dogs climb into packaging. This story of an abandoned Pit Bull and the cardboard plum box he slept in has a bit of a sadder explanation. Officers for DeKalb County Animal Services found the scrawny dog lying in an empty plum box outside the shelter one morning. The poor thing was too scared to come out of his makeshift bed, so the folks at LifeLine Animal Project let him hold onto his … Read more

30 Things Your Dog Wishes You Knew

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There may be plenty of dogs in pop culture blessed with the powers of human language, but frustratingly our real-life pups have no clue how to talk the way we do. That means we have to really understand dog behavior in order to know what our dogs are thinking or feeling. Often we may think we know what dogs want based on their expressions, but you’d be surprised how that can mislead you. Your dog won’t ever tell you himself, … Read more

Puppy Smuggling Ring Sentenced To 18 Years After Poorly Treated Animals Die

Between all the various pet-finding websites and social media platforms, there are a lot of ads for puppies online. However, it’s also become a lot easier for con artists and animal abusers to scam potential adopters. When people respond to certain ads for puppies, they may not realize who they’re really buying the dog from. Many of these puppies sold are kept in horrible, unsanitary conditions, which means a family’s new puppy may arrive with an illness or other undisclosed … Read more

Boy Releases His Pet Butterfly Only For His Dog To Immediately Eat It

It’s in a dog’s nature to chase and put their mouth on whatever they see moving past them. Sadly for a UK toddler, his family Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was just doing what dogs do when he chomped down on something of sentimental value. 3-year-old Ronnie Seddon kept a caterpillar named Ralph in a terrarium for several weeks to watch it grow. As they do, Ralph eventually turned into a chrysalis, and then developed into a butterfly. Ronnie’s father Danny, … Read more

Army Sergeant Devastated After Stray Dogs He Rescued Overseas Are Poisoned

Serving your country overseas can not only be a dangerous venture, it can also get lonely. Many soldiers end up forming bonds with stray dogs they meet while deployed. After all, nothing brings comfort to someone in need like the love of a dog. After rescuing two beautiful pups near his base, whom he named Turbo and Benji, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant formed a close bond with both. Then, the unimaginable happened: An unidentified individual poisoned both of the … Read more

How You Can Help As More People Return Their Pandemic Dogs

In the early days of the pandemic, we were all heartened by stories about shelters emptying and more people rescuing dogs. Now, mid-way through 2021, we’re faced with the opposite as shelters all across the country become overcrowded again. Animal intakes have been especially high lately, and some suspect it’s because more people are returning the dogs they adopted in 2020. As more rescues become overwhelmed, staff and volunteers have some suggestions for people interested in helping them save these … Read more

Pet Parents Are Struggling To Find Certain Foods And Treats After Covid

If you’ve noticed it’s been unusually hard to find your dog’s favorite treats or food, you’re not alone. Currently, pet parents in North America are having a hard time tracking down certain foods, even from major retailers like Amazon, Target, and PetSmart. Since the pandemic began, the pet food sector has been grappling with increased demand and strains on the supply chain. It may be difficult for you to find those treats your pup wants, but it hasn’t been easy on … Read more

Man Loses 195 Pounds To Give His Dog “The Life She Deserves”

For most people, losing any weight at all is extremely hard. It takes a lot of physical and mental commitment. For one man, the love of a dog was enough to motivate him to lose 195 pounds in just one year. Jarred, or @jaycrushesit as he is known on Tik Tok, recently posted a video displaying his drastic weight loss. The video was less about him, though, and more about how his best friend Layla, a Golden Retriever, inspired him … Read more

Mom Surprises Daughters By Secretly Rescuing The Dog They Fell In Love With

Rosie, a one-year-old Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix, was brought to a Georgia shelter after her parents got divorced. The young mother couldn’t afford to move with both her children and the dogs. When surrendered, Rosie was healthy and trained, but being at a kill shelter during the holidays meant a chance she may not make it out alive. Not long afterwards, Toni, a mother of two girls, was searching for dogs online. Her children got a peek of Rosie’s ad, … Read more

A Special Bond With His Person May Help Chewy Win ‘America’s Top Dog’

“America’s Top Dog” on the A & E network is the reality show dog lovers needed in their lives. The competition show features talented dogs and their handlers competing on an obstacle course designed to test their speed, agility, teamwork, and trust. That last aspect, the bond between dog and trainer, proved pretty important in the success of one team: Team Chewy. The pup and his trainer/mom, Rachel Clark, won their first episode in Season 2, making it to the grand … Read more

Dog Alerts Sleeping Dad In Time For Both To Escape Burning Home

If your dog starts frantically barking at you at three in the morning, you may want to resist the urge to tell them to cut it out. Ask one very lucky Orange County resident, who’s extremely grateful his dog Maggie woke him up at twilight one day this week. When Maggie barked frantically at her dad Joel Rosa while he slept, she likely saved his life. It turned out she was trying to alert him to the flames spreading throughout … Read more

Protective Golden Retriever Chases Away Home Intruder

In addition to being wonderful, loving companions, dogs can make our lives better in a myriad of ways. One amazing trait many of our canine friends possess is an inherent interest in protecting us from harm. Recently, in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, homeowner Martin Jacobs suddenly awoke in the middle of the night. He and his Golden Retriever Gus had been sleeping in the kitchen while their home was being renovated. Jacobs described that moment to WCNC … Read more

Given A Chance, Frightened Former Stray Ralphie Slowly Learned To Trust

If you didn’t already know, part of each sale on the iHeartDogs.com store is donated to Greater Good Charities, which offers grants for programs like Rescue Bank. Shopping from the iHeartDogs store is the reason heartwarming stories like the one below are made possible! When Ralphie was plucked off the streets of Houston and brought into an overcrowded city pound, he was estimated to be around 3 to 4 years old. Terrified by the new surroundings, he stood very little chance of … Read more